Their more vociferous opponents lobby for a blanket of invisibility.

New questions are being raised: Should more of an effort be made to portray gays sympathetically, singling them out for special treatment?

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The idea is that Bob spends the entire time straddling the line between showing genuine romantic interest and being indifferent, which is incredibly aggravating for Alice and just gives her more and more doubts because Bob won't give any signals one way or the other. In a Girls Love series it is customary that at least one pairing is like this.

Often he'll ask her out on a date, and after she accepts reveal it's a group affair, even though the conversation beforehand hinted it might be intimate one on one time. The Unlucky Everydude will often act this way toward the members of his Unwanted Harem, especially if he's aiming to Marry Them All.

That, after all, is how most lead their daily lives.

Meanwhile, television can simply decide, quite shamelessly, to keep certain aspects of the gay community invisible.

May require Alice asking "Did You Think I Can't Feel?

The message to the medium is blunt: "It is time for the television industry to realize that 25 million lesbians and gay men in America, along with our families and friends, make up a significant share of the viewing audience.

Every single statement he makes can be interpreted both ways, so when he gets done, Alice is left asking "Well, how am I supposed to interpret that? Nine times out of ten, when it's actually revealed how he feels, it will turn out that he did like her all along. Maybe he never thought of her that way, but once he did, realized it was true.

Compare/Contrast Tsundere, whose "mixed messages" are on the far side of the emotional spectrum rather than hovering in the middle. See also Ignored Enamored Underling, whose boss may be doing this on purpose.

Not too long ago, relatively short-lived series had their gay characters. Next season on "Roseanne" there will be further development of the character Leon (Martin Mull), her boss at the department store restaurant.